Florida Workers Help in Superstorm Sandy's Aftermath

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Associated Press Release

Fort Lauderdale, FL (AP) -- Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics and mental health experts from Florida are heading to New York to work in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.

More than 40 medical professionals from Broward and Palm Beach counties were dispatched Monday as part of a federally coordinated disaster medical assistance team. They'll spend up to two weeks working in New York City shelters and hospitals.

The South Florida team is part of the National Disaster Medical System. Members of that system respond as needed to provide first aid, triage, medical care and surgery in areas hit by disasters or caring for casualties evacuated to the U.S. from armed conflicts overseas.

The South Florida team formed in 1994 and includes members from hospitals and fire-rescue departments in Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

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Associated Press Release

Tallahassee, FL - November 11, 2012 - Florida emergency management officials are heading to New York for ten days to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Workers from Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties will help staff the logistics center there.

A team of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission law enforcement officers are already in New Jersey helping with relief work. Emergency personnel from the Seminole Tribe of Florida also traveled to New York to aid the Shinnecock Indian Tribe.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District is working with officials in three states to assess damage from the storm.

Engineers have been dispatched to New York and New Jersey and a separate team is assisting in Florida with damage assessments from the monster storm.

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